Scheduled Group Tours

Bring your garden club, church group, civic organization or other group and explore Cornell Botanic Gardens with a guided tour. Our group tours, offered May through October, are designed to provide you with a personalized, close-up look at the Plantations gardens and/or arboretum.

We offer scheduled group tours by bus or on foot. Our tours offer visitors the chance to learn about our gardens, history, and plant collections.  Each tour is lead by an experienced staff or volunteer tour guide and lasts approximately an hour.

We also offer drop-in tours in our Botanic Garden on weekends during the summer. Visit our community education portal for dates and times.

Walking Tours

Walking tours of the 25-acre botanical garden highlight the herbs, decorative flowers, tropical containers and winter garden, as well as our rhododendron collection and extensive ground cover collections. Your guide will introduce the themes of each specialty garden and identify key plantings. Although three of the specialty gardens are wheelchair accessible, the majority of the tour is over non-wheelchair accessible terrain. Walking tours of the arboretum can also be arranged, providing a closer look at our tree and shrub collections.

Bus Tours

An experienced guide will board your bus to provide your group with a narrated driving tour of the approximately two-hundred acre F. R. Newman Arboretum. Your guide will share information about the plant collections, history, and educational mission of Cornell Botanic Gardens as you view scenic overlooks onto the tree and shrub collections of the arboretum. Buses must be provided by your group.

 Tours for Cornell Classes

Our gardens and natural areas are here for education, research and enjoyment. Cornell student groups may tour Cornell Botanic Gardens at no charge. From plant identification to art history, we encourage any class to visit. If you would like to schedule a guided tour with a staff member, please contact our Adult Education Coordinator, Kevin Moss at (607) 254-7430 or e-mail

Cost for all of our guided tours (walking and bus) is $12 per person with a minimum of $50 for each group tour.  (Cornell student tours are free.) Registration with a non-refundable deposit of $25 is requested at least ten business days in advance to reserve a tour date. Balance of payment (minus the deposit) is due the day of the tour. You may pay by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover.) 

To register or to make arrangements for your adult group tour, please call or e-mail Kevin Moss at (607) 254-7430 or Please call at least ten business days prior to the date desired for your tour.  (Note: for school and youth group tours, please contact Raylene Ludgate at (607) 255-2407, or

The tour deposit is nonrefundable.  If we must cancel the tour due to severe weather or other causes, we will grant you a credit in the amount of your deposit towards a future tour.

Late arrivals or last-minute cancellations
Please call to inform us if you are running late or have to cancel at the last minute. In most cases, you will be provided with the cell phone number of the tour guide ahead of time. If not, please call our main information line at (607) 255-2400. If you are more than 30 minutes late, we reserve the right to shorten or cancel your tour.

If your group is not coming by bus, please carpool, as parking is limited. Buses will be directed to an appropriate parking area by your tour guide.

Self-Guided Groups
Not interested in a guided tour? No problem.  Your group is free to tour on their own at no charge, seven days a week, from dawn until dusk. However, please make a reservation anyway so we can help maximize your group’s enjoyment.  Brochures and visitor maps are available at the Garden Gift Shop during open hours.